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When deciding on a roofing material, the projected lifespan of the product should be a top consideration. Several factors affect a roofing material’s lifespan, including roof maintenance.

Here are the five key factors that determine how long a roof will last:

  1. Choice of Material: The biggest factor that affects your roof’s lifespan is the material itself. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20 to 30 years, while metal roofs last 50 years or more. Other materials like tile and slate can last even longer. In fact, ancient structures have survived hundreds of years with their tile roofs still intact.

  2. Local Weather: Your roof protects your home from the elements, so the less damage it sustains, the longer it will survive. Fortunately, manufacturers like GAF supply GAF-certified contractors like us with roofing materials that are specifically designed for the local climate.

  3. Roof Pitch: Steep-pitched roofs tend to go against wind direction and are thus more likely to sustain storm damage. If you live in an area that frequently experiences strong winds, then a roof with a gentler slope would be a safer choice. If your remodeling project involves a new roof installation, consider this an opportunity to evaluate whether your home has the right roofing slope.

  4. Attic Ventilation: A properly ventilated attic goes a long way towards keeping your roof in good condition. Without good ventilation, heat and moisture build-up in your attic, leading to problems like a weakened roof deck and support structures due to the moisture being absorbed by the roof’s wood parts. Meanwhile, heat building up in the attic can “bake” your roof from the bottom, causing cracks that pave the way for leaks.

  5. Maintenance: Scheduled maintenance is an important part of your roof’s upkeep. Finding potential problems and addressing them early on not only saves you money on unplanned roof repair costs but also helps prolong your roof’s lifespan. You can count on us at A-TEX Roofing and Remodeling to ensure your roof is properly maintained.

To learn more about our roofing services, including the typical gutter installation cost, call A-TEX Roofing and Remodeling today at (210) 399-1117. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote on your roofing needs. We serve many areas in and near San Antonio, TX.

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